So the sub fit ok just by cutting the lower portion flush with the middle? I had thoughts to cut a ring from mdf to fit between the sub and the deck to ease with installation.I really don't want to take up the space, and the sub itself weighs nearly 6 pounds. That's a lot to support with just screws.
But I found that ;layering didn't work as I had hoped. So I went ahead and cut, but just the bottom layer of sheet metal (to match the middle). That way I stayed away from the weld spots.
Much appreciated. I'm placing the order now for the sub and the other rear deck speakers. I did the front today and can already tell a difference.I was nervous at first too.. and from all the threads I've read, I wasn't convince changing the sub woofer was worth the time, money and risk. The audio was just so flat, not lively and lacking range... I just went for it. No regrets. Sound is amazing. I removed about 1/4 inch in those two areas I circled. There is no compromise to the rear deck by doing this if that is what you're worried about.
The hardest part of the install was putting holes in the rear deck to secure the Kicker sub woofer. I highly recommend a right angle drill for that. There are a number of us who have perform this install; I have pictures and can provide my knowledge with the install if you need it.